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Don’t miss out on Austin’s largest ice cream social!
The 7th Annual Ice Cream Festival wants to know how loud you will scream for delicious ice cream treats. From 10:00am to 7:00pm Saturday, August 17, Fiesta Gardens will play host to an array of games, activities and live entertainment. Don’t miss your chance to sample a ton of delicious ice cream flavors with the entire family!
“I wanted a fun Austin festival for families,” said Doug Lyon, founder, chief happiness officer for the festival, and father of two.
Lyon took time out of his busy schedule to break down the most important must-see aspects of the festival.
Check ‘em out:
Homemade Ice Cream Making Contest
Do you have a go-to recipe for homemade ice cream? If so, then this is the perfect contest for you! Attendees are invited to bring their best batch of homemade ice cream to compete among other ice cream crafters for the coveted hand-made “Spoon.” Competing flavors remain unknown until the official day of the festival, however, the long list of ice cream flavors from winners past have included: Bacon Maple Crunch, Cowboy Coffee, Strawberry Soda, and Honey Orange Ginger Sorbet. Can you top that? Participants must pay a $20 entry fee for the contest.
Popsicle Stick Sculpture Contest
Remember the fun you used to have with packs of popsicle sticks and Elmer’s glue? Is your little one an architect in the making? Put your popsicle building skills to the test! Bring in your finished sculpture or design one at the festival! One notable winner brought in a fully functional carousel – but, no pressure!
Ice Cream Eating Contest
Ever fantasized about eating a gluttonous amount of ice cream with a crowd cheering you on? Here is your chance to put your body to the test with a gallon of ice cream. If you win, you’ll be among the ranks of Joey Chestnut, the World Champion Eater and Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champ. But, proceed with caution, for brain freeze takes no prisoners! Eager ice cream eaters can register at the contest table.
The winner of each contest will receive their very own handmade steel serving spoon. Check out the amount of craftsmanship that goes into the creation of one Spoon.
“We thought it was an appropriate trophy for an ice cream fest and we wanted a big custom one,” Lyon said.
Enjoy the sights of the ice cream party and the sounds of the ice cream trucks, which are sure to include sighs of delight and anxious screams from ice cream lovers of every age. Admission is $10 per entry with unlimited amounts of ice cream!
Will you be gorging on ice cream this Saturday? Have you been to ice cream fest before? Let us know in the comments section!